Definition of evolutionize in US English:


(also evolutionise)


  • 1with object To produce or change by a process of evolution; to subject to gradual (especially progressive) development.

  • 2no object To undergo evolution, to be gradually transformed.

  • 3with object To treat (a topic or field of study) in accordance with evolutionary theory or principles, or from an evolutionary or evolutionistic point of view. Also (occasionally) without object.


Late 19th century. From evolution + -ize, perhaps after revolutionize.